Definitely one of the best movies of 2010:
Apart from the old Street View being launched in SA, Google has also introduced a few other treats in anticipation of the soccer World Cup.
For instance, if you search for “World Cup” on Google, you get a summary schedule of upcoming matches, as well as a list of teams and pools. If you then scroll further down the page, you’ll see this beauty:
Barely scraping it in by the skin of their teeth, Google has managed to get its Street View imagery operational for South Africa just in time for the World Cup. Yay! No more lost tourists.
They’ve also done a huge amount of work in the Google Earth platform to create 3D imagery of all the stadiums which looks quite beautiful:
Over and above the 27 towns and cities photographed, the cars and trikes also made over 40 ‘special collects’ of imagery at special locations. Amongst others, these include:
- For sports lovers:
- Soccer City
- Moses Mabhida
- Peter Mokaba
- ABSA Durban
- St Georges
- Supersport Park
- For outdoors lovers:
- Cape peninsula
- Natal Midlands
- Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Midlands
- Harkerville Forest
- Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
- Blyde River Canyon
- For city lovers:
- Nelson Mandela Bridge
- Vilakazi Street
- Gandhi Square
- Walter Sisulu Square
- Newtown and Africa Museum
- Adderley St and St George’s Cathedral
- Beach Road, Cape Town
- Company Gardens
- Apartheid Museum
- Turffontein Race Course
- Settlers Park
- For wine lovers:
- Jordan Wines
- Klein Constantia
- Bouchard Finlayson
- De Wetshof
- De Rust Estate
- Warwick Wine Estate
- Vilafonte Vineyards
- Hamilton Russell
Usually being African makes life a little less digital, but this time, thanks to Google, it’s good to feel like a 21st century citizen.
More at: Google Street View South Africa.
According to news site MyBroadband, Google has now announced that it will launch Street View Imagery in South Africa on Tuesday, 8th of June 2010, in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
A quick glance at maps.google.com show’s they’ve already uploaded some higher-res imagery of parts of SA. Presumably we can expect views of the World Cup stadiums, possibly inside and out, as well as a trip through the Kruger National Park and perhaps one or two other exciting highlights.
More details about the service will be revealed at a media event on 8 June.
In a show of support for the South African national soccer squad, Bafana Bafana, it’s time for South Africans to rise up with speculation on what will happen when Bafana wins matches at the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Visit the When Bafana wins microsite.
Like to contribute? Use the #WhenBafanaWins hashtag on twitter and it might just get picked up and published.